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BSA Welcomes Christopher Painter Appointment to New State Department Cyber Post

Statement by Robert Holleyman

Washington — February 15, 2011 —

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today named Christopher M. Painter, formerly a senior director for cybersecurity issues at the National Security Council, to serve as the State Department’s first Coordinator for Cyber Issues. The new position, created in December as part of the State Department’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, will be charged with leading the agency’s global diplomatic engagement on cyber issues.

Business Software Alliance President and CEO Robert Holleyman issued the following statement:

“Secretary Clinton has chosen well in appointing Chris Painter to be the State Department’s first Coordinator for Cyber Issues. BSA has worked with Chris for many years in his former posts at the White House and Department of Justice. He has been a tireless champion for international engagement on cyber issues. We look forward to working with him in his new position at the State Department to advance a global cybersecurity framework.”

“The creation of a federal office to coordinate global engagement on cyber issues is an important step forward because the Internet is an inherently global medium. It provides a common platform for innovation, free expression and economic growth. But realizing its full potential will require coordination among governments to harmonize rules for commerce and promote flexible, risk-based responses to security threats. That will take energetic US leadership. Chris brings a tremendous amount of expertise in all of these areas, plus strong relationships with industry and the international policy community.”

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The Business Software Alliance ( is the world’s foremost advocate for the software industry, working in 80 countries to expand software markets and create conditions for innovation and growth. Governments and industry partners look to BSA for thoughtful approaches to key policy and legal issues, recognizing that software plays a critical role in driving economic and social progress in all nations. BSA’s member companies invest billions of dollars a year in local economies, good jobs, and next-generation solutions that will help people around the world be more productive, connected, and secure. BSA members include Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, AVEVA, AVG, Bentley Systems, CA Technologies, Cadence, CNC/Mastercam, Compuware, Corel, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation, Dell, Intel, Intuit, Kaspersky Lab, McAfee, Microsoft, Minitab, PTC, Progress Software, Quark, Quest Software, Rosetta Stone, Siemens, Sybase, Symantec, and The MathWorks.

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